The critically acclaimed play “Lonely Planet” by Steven Dietz will be presented on specific dates from June 23 to July 16 at the Chula Vista OnStage Playhouse.

During the entire duration of the play, tickets will be available on a donation basis. This means that pay-what-you-can seats will be offered at the door on the day of the performance, and they will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. However, patrons may reserve seats online by paying at least $10.

“Lonely Planet” debuted in 1994 amid the AIDS epidemic, hence the play centers around those times.

In Steven Dietz's play, two gay friends named Jody and Carl are the main characters. Jody, who is the protagonist, lives a reclusive life in his map store and avoids interacting with the outside world. However, Carl helps Jody reconnect with reality by reminding him of their deceased friends, which leads them on an emotional journey reflecting on mortality.

In a quote said by Artistic Director James P. Darvas in a news release sent by the playhouse, he commented, "Mr. Dietz has crafted a tremendous conversation piece with his 1993's "Lonely Planet." He skillfully guides us through the complexities of love, loss, hope, fear, and ultimately acceptance of the unknown. Each and every page of this production offers theater worth talking about."

By donating to the theater, you will be supporting their many fundraising efforts and helping them achieve their mission of making affordable theater experiences accessible to the community.

For more information and ticket reservations, please visit the OnStage Playhouse website at or call (619) 422-7787.

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